Taking a month of my education to visit Ecuador with Cinterandes was without doubt one of the best uses of my elective time in medical school. The Foundation was so reliable and invested in my experience.

I will start residency in OBGYN this summer and they were super accommodating to my interests in GYN surgery. I loved working on the inpatient unit at “Hospital Humanitario Pablo Jaramillo”, all residents, attendings and students there went out of their way to ensure I was included and had a great time. I was always allowed to stand in, on any case or birth that was taking place and taking call with the team was quite the bonding experience!

The mission to Palmar with the “Quirófano Móvil” I will never forget. It was fantastic to be a part of a team which really provides care to those who would otherwise lack access. Scrubbing in on cases was a great opportunity to practice technical skills and pre and post-operative care was a great opportunity to practice my medical Spanish.

Without doubt, I would recommend this experience to anyone who loves surgery, adventure and Spanish. Que lástima que no puedo quedarme más!.

María Raquel Kronen

University of California, San Francisco.

4th year Medical Student – USA

April 2015

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